CLOSED - Restaurant review: 119 Korea Station is a great place to dig in
Fire-services-themed dishes served on shovels at this Korean restaurant in Sheung Wan
Like the fire-services-themed decor in the restaurant, the food at 119 Korea Station stands out for its unconventionality. The trademark dishes at the restaurant involve the use of aluminium alloy shovels imported from Korea: shovel-fried trotter (HK$188), shovel barbecue pork ribs with cheese (HK$148), shovel-fried squid and pork (HK$188) and shovel assorted sausage (HK$168). The portion for the shovel dishes will feed two to three people.
We enjoyed the shovel barbecue pork ribs which come with lots of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. The shovel dish is put on the table with an embedded stove, which melts the cheese. It’s a novel way to eat pork ribs, especially if you are a big cheese lover.
We also like the Shovel To To Bibimbap (HK$68) with seaweed, egg and vegetables. But the carbonara topokki (rice cakes, HK$68) are too heavy from the oil and cheese. The seafood in hot pot (HK$98) comes in a kettle with lots of seafood including shrimp, fish and scallops.
The soya milk cold ramen (HK$58) is another enjoyable dish. 119 Korea Station was opened by the founder of Spicy Andong, another Korean restaurant which uses cheese in its dishes. The “119” in the name refers to the emergency number in Korea, hence the firemen paraphernalia. A new Sheung Wan outlet called 119 Plus has just opened. The theme is traffic, with decorations of road signs, numberplates and traffic lights.
119 Korea Station, Fu Shing Building, 9 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long, tel: 3565 6911. Open: noon-3pm (Saturday and Sunday until 5.30pm), 6pm-11.30pm (Saturday and Sunday until midnight).
119 Plus, 2/F Low Block Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 3461 9119